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salvorhardin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-25-11 09:15 AM
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One Family, Three Memoirs, Many Competing Truths
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The three memoirs written by Augusten Burroughs (Running With Scissors), his brother John Elder Robinson (Look Me In The Eye) and mother Margaret Robinson (The Long Journey Home) are almost a textbook case in how unreliable memory can be.

John Elder Robison admits that the memories in each of the books about his family vary on certain details, but he argues that the inconsistencies don't detract from the bigger picture. He cites one example of a vivid memory that everyone in the family remembers in a different way: John Elder Robison remembers his father burning his little brother on the forehead. John Elder Robison's wife says it was actually John who got burned on his chest. And Margaret Robison doesn't remember the incident at all.
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